Mercer in NCAA tourney for 1st time since 1985
by George Henry, Associated Press
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In this March 25, 2013, file photo, Mercer's Jakob Gollon (20) pulls down a rebound against BYU during a second-round game of the NIT college basketball tournament in Provo, Utah. Gollon's 153rd career game at Mercer will be his first appearance in the NCAA college tournament. (AP Photo/The Daily Herald, Spenser Heaps, File)
In this March 25, 2013, file photo, Mercer's Jakob Gollon (20) pulls down a rebound against BYU during a second-round game of the NIT college basketball tournament in Provo, Utah. Gollon's 153rd career game at Mercer will be his first appearance in the NCAA college tournament. (AP Photo/The Daily Herald, Spenser Heaps, File)
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Mercer's head coach Bob Hoffman calls out plays to his team as others elate Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Alico Arena in Estero, Fla. The two faced off in the Atlantic Sun Men's Basketball Tournament championship. The Bears held off the Eagles 68-60 and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. (AP Photo/Naples Daily News, Corey Perrine)
Mercer's head coach Bob Hoffman calls out plays to his team as others elate Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Alico Arena in Estero, Fla. The two faced off in the Atlantic Sun Men's Basketball Tournament championship. The Bears held off the Eagles 68-60 and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. (AP Photo/Naples Daily News, Corey Perrine)
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MACON — The Mercer Bears don’t know what the NCAA tournament selection committee has in store for them.

Either way, Langston Hall says Mercer is already a winner.

That’s because Hall, the Atlantic Sun Conference player of the year, joined four other senior starters in leading the Bears to their first NCAA bid since 1985.

“We just have to think about the big picture,” Hall said. “If we lose the next game, we will have had a good season, but if we keep it going and keep winning, it will be a special season and really great season.”

Excitement is building in Macon, where Mercer will host a campus event Sunday to celebrate the season and watch the 6 p.m. selection show.

The Bears (26-8) are hoping for a No. 13 or 14 seed, but sixth-year senior forward Jakob Gollon says they won’t mind being farther down the bracket. He believes a victory last week at Florida Gulf Coast proves that Mercer is ready to play on a national stage.

“We knew it was going to be a really tough environment to play in, but with our game style, we’ve got guys that have hit big shots throughout their career,” Gollon said. “We knew we had the ability to quiet the crowd if we make a big run.”

Florida Gulf Coast ended the Bears’ season last year on their home court and went on to create a national buzz with a run to the Sweet Sixteen.

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